The recently declared results of CBSE board exams and a high number of suicides by students in Telangana over results have again put back the nation’s focus on obsession with marks and percentage. The student who topped CBSE Class 12 board exams said she regretted getting one mark short of 500. Well, over the next few days, more results will be announced and more headlines will cover the toppers; not realising by overly focusing on the 99% figure, the media is creating a sense of achievement and triumph for those who top, and inadvertently making them as role models, but making life a hell for those who don’t make it to those grades. Our obsession with marks is breaking the self-confidence of those who don’t

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